The Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts - 390 King Street West


Location: The Isabel Bader Center is located on King Street West, directly beside the Tett Centre and across from St. Mary’s on the Lake.


The main entrance is accessible by car and Kingston Transit bus. There is a concrete ramp and gentle sidewalk leading to the front doors accessible with power doors.  

The west entrance to the building (primarily used by faculty/staff) has an accessible ramp next to two accessible parking spaces.

Building Accessibility Features

Corridors: There are doors that act as barriers in the corridors in level 1 that can be kept open. Corridors and rooms have been designed to allow for the turning radius of various mobility devices.

Elevators: A service elevator is located near the west entrance to levels 1 and 2. Main elevator is located to the right of the main entrance and allows access to upper and lower levels.

Wayfinding: The signage for the Isabel is located out front of the main entrance.

Washrooms: There is a large single-user accessible washroom on level 1 (room 170). There are also two additional single-user inaccessible washrooms on this floor along with accessible male and female designated washrooms. Each male and female choral dressing rooms has an accessible washroom and separate accessible shower.

Services: During events, staff are available at the front desk, to the right of the entrance doors, and are available to assist with accessibility. The lobby bar and café kitchen also have wheelchair accessible counter service areas.

Classrooms: The performance hall has wheelchair accessible seating on both the main level and the mezzanine level (a total of 14) in various locations and there are also a number of bariatric chairs available, if requested. The film screening room has an accessible podium and two wheelchair accessible seats at the front of the room. There are accessible podiums in the seminar rooms. The performance hall projection room has a lift to make it barrier-free. The performance hall will have a light for an American Sign Language Interpreter on the stage. Some assistive listening devices should be available for use in building, such as in the performance hall and film screening room. More information about classrooms at the Isabel.

Parking: Parking drop-off area is located at the front entry. Off King Street West, there are 5 accessible visitor parking spaces in the small upper lot across from the entrance.  Two additional spaces are located in the west parking lot at the bottom of the drive-in front of the stage door.  Please contact our Box Office for advice on accessible parking at 613-533-2424.